Posts Tagged ‘gardens’

Essex Inn Gains New Innkeepers

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia welcomes Jeremy Gassen and Ric Jefferson as the new innkeepers of Essex Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in Tappahannock, Virginia. This perfect pairing stems from Jeremy’s nearly ten years working in the hospitality industry for an international hotel chain and Ric’s extensive culinary skills. “We come from the world of 300 room hotels with astounding amenities, but virtually no guest interaction. We checked in hundreds of people every day and rarely said more than a dozen words to them. In a B&B, part of the fun is meeting new people and actually having a conversation. Helping to create an experience for our guests, instead of just an overnight stay.” Ric and Jeremey share. “Both of our backgrounds are in large, corporate hotels, so making the move to a smaller B&B has been absolutely amazing for us.” The two also operated their own theatre company, bringing a range of experience to the realm of innkeeping.

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The Essex Inn, built in 1850 by Dr. Lawrence Roane, holds a great deal of history within its walls.The property is said to have been an infirmary during the civil war. Authentically restored to its former glory, The Essex Inn new innkeepers admit the history is their favorite part, “The fact that we’re literally surrounded by history. The Main House and Quarters date from the mid-1800’s, we have a 400-year-old Box Elder tree in the garden, and we’ve got views of historic homes from the 1700’s on two sides of the house!” The historically rich property hosts breathtaking accommodations, a pet friendly policy, and is a Certified Virginia Green Inn.EssexInn

The Essex Inn has so much to offer even before guests have seen their personal accommodations. Expect to be blown away by 20 foot ceilings, unique chandeliers found throughout the property, two common areas, private brick courtyard, the library, gardens, sunroom and multiple porches! The grounds provide charming locations for intimate weddings inside or out; the grand staircase makes for a dramatic entrance, while the gardens provide a more whimsical atmosphere. Or perhaps a large covered pavilion fits the wedding vision. Four bedrooms are located in the main house and four suites can be found in the additional quarters. Ric and Jeremy have incorporated their appreciation for the arts into the property. Local artists and authors work can be found in the parlor for personal enjoyment and even purchasing for keepsakes.EssexInnFire

So whether the history draws you in, the Rappahannock River, nearby attractions or the thought of a delicious three course gourmet breakfast kick back “rivah” style at Essex Inn. Click here to learn more about Essex Inn and book your next escape!

Historic Garden Week in Virginia, 2012

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

“For one week every April, the Garden Club of Virginia invites visitors to more than 250 of Virginia’s most picturesque gardens and private homes in the Old Dominion” (Garden Club of Virginia).

There is no event quite like Historic Garden Week, as it celebrates both the vibrancy and history of the natural world encompassed by man-made gardens. During the week of April 21-28, 2012, indulge yourself in the sights and sounds of a floral adventure in the beautiful Commonwealth. (And don’t forget that there are many nearby BBAV inns to which you can return after your tour!)

The following information about the garden tours is from the Garden Club of Virginia:

Saturday April 21, 2012

Sunday April 22, 2012

Monday April 23, 2012

Tuesday April 24, 2012

Wednesday April 25, 2012

Thursday April 26, 2012

Friday April 27, 2012

Saturday April 28, 2012

Visit the Historic Garden Week website for more information such as an overview of the week, a full-color guidebook, and photos of participating establishments.

 

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By Tara Stoll